How To Clean Your Window Treatments
Adding new window treatments in your home is a great way to enhance its appearance and even make it feel more comfortable. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a room—or even your entire home—feel newly renovated. However, it’s important to remember that after these new window treatments are added, they can become dirty, and if they don’t receive proper care, they may not last long, and their effects could last for an even shorter amount of time.
Some window treatments will be easier to clean, and to keep clean, than others, and that’s one of the things you should consider when you’re selecting your new window coverings. The Maui window treatment experts at Maui Shutters will make sure that you understand how to properly care for your new window treatments and we’ve compiled a quick summary of some of the best cleaning tips we have:
Clean Your Window Treatments Regularly
The most important part of caring for any kind of window treatment is to to make sure that you’re cleaning them regularly. Waiting to get this done will leave you with a heftier task when you do get around to it. Just like any cleaning task in your Maui home, not letting it “pile up” is always the best thing to do, and regular maintenance is a key part of keeping them in good shape.
- Dust blinds regularly to remove any accumulated dirt. For any grimier stains, spot clean with a warm, wet cloth. Remember to get the undersides as well.
- If vinyl blinds have become excessively dirty, don’t be afraid to soak them in soapy water. Remember, though, that other materials can be seriously damaged with this method.
- For wood and fabric, use a sponge and warm water to spot clean them, making sure that you dry as you go. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove any excess dirt, dust, or pet dander.
You should consult the tag of any fabric window treatments for cleaning instructions. Different fabrics will react differently to soap, water, and handling.
If you’re just spot cleaning, which should be done regularly, soap and water aren’t likely to cause any problems. But tossing the fabric into a washing machine can be risky, so make sure that it’s safe to do beforehand.
Other Cleaning Tips
Don’t overlook the fact that the mechanics of your blinds can be damaged beyond when they’re submerged in water. Also avoid any chemical-heavy soaps or harsh detergents when you’re spot cleaning.